Safe

Today is Monday, May 18, 2020, in the sixth week of Easter. Peace be with you!

Day 22,712

Seven days until Memorial Day

Yesterday was a nice day. We had a good virtual worship gathering, where we discussed thoughts on waiting on God. Over all, it was very good, I think.

After that, C and I prepared a new dish for the crock pot. It’s another WW cookbook recipe, called “Sausage, Chicken, and Shrimp Stew.” We cut up turkey sausage (of the smoked type), chicken breasts, bell peppers (red and yellow, I think), and an onion. The sausage, peppers, and onion, had to be cooked briefly in the frying pan. Everything but the shrimp and okra went into the crock pot. There was also a little bit of flour, along with some chicken broth, added to the peppers and onions while they were cooking. Then some Cajun seasoning was added to the mix. This cooked for about four hours, after which the shrimp and okra were added. The mixture then cooked for another half hour. It was absolutely delicious!

After we got that cooking, we scrambled some eggs for “breakfast,” watched an episode of Murdoch Mysteries on Acorn TV, then C went out to get some flowers to plant in the front flower bed and I settled in to play “The Sinking City” on the PS4.

We ate the stew around 5:00 PM, and, as I said, it was delicious, perhaps even amazing! It will definitely be added to our weekly rotation, although it may have to be a strictly weekend thing, due to the prep time. There is a container left over, which I plan to take for lunch today. And, the best part is that it’s only two points on the WW blue plan! We figure we each had two servings, though, so it was four points.

I finished Dallas Willard’s Life Without Lack, yesterday, the last book in this season’s Renovare Book Club. You can find my review of it at my other blog, if you are interested.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
(Psalms 103:1-2 ESV)

Today I am grateful:
1. For a restful weekend
2. For a new work week, and the opportunities it will bring with it. This, of course, includes prayers to not fail when those opportunities arise.
3. For the possibility of living a life without lack
4. That You hear prayer
5. That we are safe in You

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
(Psalms 16:1-2 ESV)

I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
(Psalms 18:1-2 ESV)

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
(Psalms 51:7 ESV)

“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
(Mark 2:21-22 ESV)

Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;
(Psalms 65:1-5 ESV)

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant us Your peace.
(Agnus Dei)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

“Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”
(The Divine Hours, The Prayer Appointed for the Week)

For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
(Psalms 72:12 ESV)

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
(Romans 8:26-28 ESV)

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
(Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV)

But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done. The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; all the upright in heart will glory in him!
(Psalms 64:7-10 NIV)

“David’s comfort again is the self-defeating nature of evil and the fact that in God’s world there are natural consequences to sin.” When we lie, we get caught in our own trap. When we slander people, it will eventually recoil on us. As we are reminded in Galatians 6.7 and Luke 6.38, “God is a God of reaping and sowing.”

“Even in this life the greedy will be at least spiritually poor, while the generous will have a rich life whether they are wealthy or not. In the end, all will be amazed at God’s judgment on sin.” The one thing that David didn’t know yet, was how we would “wonder and rejoice at how God judged sin in Jesus Christ, so that at the end of time he can end evil without ending us.”

“Lord, many recoil from a God of judgment. But I could not live in such an evil world if I didn’t know that you will judge all things in your wisdom and with your justice. And I would have no hope if I did not know all the judgment I deserved was borne in love by your Son. Amen.”
(From The Songs of Jesus, by Timothy and Kathy Keller)

Truly, Father, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only hope we have, and our only reason for living. It is in this, combined with Your steadfast love that endures forever, that we are able to live in this world, which, in You, is a perfectly good and safe place for us to be.
Lord, please shorten these days. Protect our families; protect our church families; protect our nation, and protect our world. We pray for this disease to end. And may we be quick to learn a valuable lesson from these days. Much of what we thought we needed, we truly don’t need. Teach us that we are safe in You.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

Grace and peace, friends.

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